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Many people have lifestyles that challenge their ability to get a good night’s sleep. Maybe you are a student, shift worker, or just have a busy 

Learn how sleep works! schedule. You may have to choose between sleep and something else equally important to you. Perhaps a temporary change in your lifestyle, like a second job or a new baby, is requiring you to get up extra early or stay up late night. Whatever your circumstances, remember that sleep is vital to overall health a well-being and lifestyle is a function of choices. By following these tips, you can maintain health, function during the day, and still have time to live your life.

  1. How much sleep do we really need? Experts will tell you there is no “magic number.” Try to figure out how much sleep you need to function.
  2. Keep a sleep schedule! This will allow you to maintain regular sleep and wake times.
  3. Take a nap. Although it doesn’t make up for sleep loss, napping for 20 – 30 minutes can help i
    mprove mood, alertness, and performance.
  4. Monitor food consumption. Different foods can negatively impact your sleep while others can actually promote sleep.
  5. Caffeine and alcohol consumption too close to bedtime may make it difficult to sleep.
  6. If you think you may have a sleep problem, don’t ignore the warning signs. Talk to your doctor or find a sleep professional.